Journey Within

What’s easier? Looking within or Controlling?

I’ve grown up in a typical Indian home, which is to say that, a Sanskrit quote here and there or some philosophical preaching are very commonly used to make a point! Now, one such thing that was often used in our house which I was very specifically taught was “You cannot change others; you can… Continue reading What’s easier? Looking within or Controlling?

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कैदी

एक‌ छवि बना रखी है, मैंने खुद की, अपने मन में, खुद ही से, कैद कर रखा है, अपने आप को। ये छवि मुझ जैसी है भी या नहीं, नहीं ‌पता, इस छवि में कितना सच है, और कितना झूठ, नहीं ‌पता। बस पता है तो सिर्फ यह कि, अगर टूट जाए ये, तो जी… Continue reading कैदी

Journey Within · Therapist's Cup

Actions truly talk – when words and actions go hand in hand

It was early in the morning and I was still a little drowsy. Half asleep, I heard some voices in my garden. As I lazily walked towards my garden, I saw two entities deeply engrossed in a debate. Upon a closer look I realised, to my utter surprise, that it was ‘Words’ and ‘Actions’ who… Continue reading Actions truly talk – when words and actions go hand in hand

Journey Within · Therapist's Cup

The happy little soul-IV (Reconnecting to My Soul Homeostasis)

So how did I regain my soul homeostasis? The best part about being a psychotherapist is that it keeps you at yourself. There is no running away from resolving for oneself, all that is unresolved. In my case, my initial and subsequent training for becoming a psychotherapist, my clients, my supervisors, my therapists and going… Continue reading The happy little soul-IV (Reconnecting to My Soul Homeostasis)

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मेरी पहचान

कौन हूं? मैं तो हूं एक नन्हा परिंदा, उड़ना चाहूं नीले गगन में। मैं तो हूं एक नादान परिंदा, छूना चाहूं आसमां की ऊंचाईयां। लेकिन पंख मेरे खुले नहीं अभी तक, मैं तो बढ़ी नहीं हुई अभी तक। ‌ जब सबने कहा, सबने टोका; क्योंकि मैंने चुना उसे, जो मेरी प्यारी सहेली है, जो मेरी… Continue reading मेरी पहचान

Journey Within · Therapist's Cup

The happy little soul-III (Why the Soul Homeostasis Alters)

The Nature of a Child Carrying on from where I left last time, what I have noticed is that there are other companions of soul happiness that just come along with it. Within me, I experience these companions as the sparkle and brightness in my eyes, a childlike enthusiasm, wonder and excitement for almost everything… Continue reading The happy little soul-III (Why the Soul Homeostasis Alters)

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The happy little soul-II (How it is Maintained Presently)

Going forward, the next thought that comes up is that if happiness is my soul legacy, how does it get maintained like that in my body, personality and life as of now? Here are some of the answers that are spontaneously coming up. a) Soul Homeostasis One of the first things that occurs to me… Continue reading The happy little soul-II (How it is Maintained Presently)

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Where’s My Tunnel: A Glimpse of Client Centered Therapy

“Where’s my tunnel?” I ask. No answer. “Where’s my tunnel?” I ask with irritation. No answer. “Where’s my tunnel?” I sob, as I ask. “I am here with you. I don’t have an answer to your question but we will find it together,” my therapist’s voice soothes me. My body shakes and I feel immense… Continue reading Where’s My Tunnel: A Glimpse of Client Centered Therapy

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Going beyond building professional competence – having a personal philosophy of life

From early school days starts our training; to build careers and survive through life. The entire focus tends to be on how to win or “do well”– at school, at college and then at work; so that one has sufficient resources to lead a good life. A good life, by standard definition, includes, having a… Continue reading Going beyond building professional competence – having a personal philosophy of life

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શક્તિ નો સ્ત્રોત આપણા માં જ ભગવાને મુક્યો છે…એનો ઉપયોગ કરો!

    Life divine force , જીવન ની પવિત્ર અને ઉચ્ચ એવી ચૈતસિક શક્તિ. આ વિષય એટલો ગંભીર અને ગહન છે જેના ઉપર મારુ નમ્ર મંતવ્ય દર્શાવવા બેઠો છું ત્યારે એવું લાગે છે કે ચાર આંધળાઓ એ હાથી જોયો અને એ બધા અનુક્રમે સૂંઢ, કાન, પેટ અને પગ ને અડ્યા પછી દરેક ના મન માં… Continue reading શક્તિ નો સ્ત્રોત આપણા માં જ ભગવાને મુક્યો છે…એનો ઉપયોગ કરો!

Journey Within · Today's Psyche

The psychology of fashion and styling:

Right since childhood, I knew I wanted to study psychology and art. I was very passionate about understanding and helping people and here I am now! In addition to psychology, I’m also a fashion-enthusiast. Fashion and styling also have been my favorite medium of self-expression, since childhood! It gives me joy and fulfillment! I find… Continue reading The psychology of fashion and styling:

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Social Media – changing perspectives, changing relevance

So last month, around mother’s day I saw a lot of ‘mom appreciation’ pictures and status updates being put up on social  media and almost an equal amount of pictures and status updates trying to mock, devalue or demean such posts. “I don’t need a specific day to celebrate my mother, everyday is mother’s day!… Continue reading Social Media – changing perspectives, changing relevance

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એ એકલતા અને આ એકાંત વચ્ચે હૂં કેવી બદલાઈ ગઈ

સ્પષ્ટીકરણ ના તોરણો મેં, બાંધ્યાતા દરવાજે.   એવો તો એનો ભાર, બહાર થી સહુ ભાગે.   ઘર ની અંદર હૂં વર્ષોથી એકલી જોઉં બધાને પાછા વળતા બહાર   અંદર બેઠી હૂં વિચારતી કાશ, કોઈ તો અંદર આવે વ્હાલ થી.   ને એક દિવસ તમે આવ્યા... અરેરેરેરે...મારી વર્ષોની ગોઠવણને તીતર ભીતર કરી નાખી? મારી નીરવ શાંતિ… Continue reading એ એકલતા અને આ એકાંત વચ્ચે હૂં કેવી બદલાઈ ગઈ

Therapist's Cup · Today's Psyche

From Defense Mechanisms to Wise Mechanisms

Starting from the Start I grew up understanding creativity as either drawing, painting and craft work that all children do or as the masterpieces ‘Monalisa’ or ‘Geetanjali’ that were a resultant of the passionate frenzy of creative geniuses. With this backdrop, when I met creativity in a completely new ‘avatar’ in my consulting room, it… Continue reading From Defense Mechanisms to Wise Mechanisms

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INTERVIEW WITH MEENAKSHI KIRTANE: A TAKE ON PSYCHODRAMA

    Meenakshi Kirtane, director of Maanas The Inside Story, has been a practising psychotherapist for over a decade. Maanas was founded in 2007, with the vision to spread psychological awareness and to serve the society at large. It started as an endeavor to facilitate the inner journeys of people, thus helping them to work… Continue reading INTERVIEW WITH MEENAKSHI KIRTANE: A TAKE ON PSYCHODRAMA

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Identity Development from the point of view of Bollywood

In the past decade, there has been a rise in speaking about not only the issues that affect our society but also those that are related to the self. To a considerable extent, people now, talk openly about depression, loneliness, different phobias, body image, social awkwardness, fear of commitment and so much more. Because the… Continue reading Identity Development from the point of view of Bollywood

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Tu Janta Nahi Mera Baap Kaun Hai ~ What leads to identity crisis?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjhOs8jB4NM  Do you want to break traffic signal and get away with it?, Do you want to mold laws as per your convenience? Or do you want that all officials should make way for you whenever they see you? A simple way to get away with is to ask questions like “tu jaanta nahin mera… Continue reading Tu Janta Nahi Mera Baap Kaun Hai ~ What leads to identity crisis?